Claiming to specialize in “vegan food for non-vegans,” Galaxy Rune serves a fast food menu of burgers, hot dogs, and pulled pork — all free of actual meat. The new Fremont restaurant makes almost all of its fake meat in house, along with its burger buns and ice cream.
Owner Joshua Garner had tried unsuccessfully to crowdfund his new restaurant (3601 Fremont Ave N) via Kickstarter, but managed to get the business off the ground anyway. Garner, who named the restaurant after his daughters Ithilien Galaxy and Ophelia Rune, makes the vegan meat products from a range of ingredients: vital wheat gluten, tofu, textured vegetable protein, flours (soy, garbanzo bean, corn, etc.), beans (black, navy, white), nuts (cashew, walnut, peanut), fungi (nutritional yeast, bakers yeast, various mushrooms), and yogurt bacteria.
Garner claims it’s all much better than the insanely popular vegan burger patties on the market right now, the Impossible Burger — which he calls “small, spongy, and lacking in flavor,” and the Beyond Burger, which “is like cat food that improves a little when cooked.” Instead, he says his homemade “beef” burger looks, tastes, and chews like real meat.
Menu options range from a bacon cheeseburger to chili cheese fries to a pulled pork sandwich. There’s also a Dole pineapple whip and shakes on the sweeter side of things. A few gluten free options are also available.